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2013 CinemaCon wrap-up: Movie stars turn the Strip into Hollywood

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Actor Harrison Ford accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award during the CinemaCon awards ceremony at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Thursday, April 18, 2013. CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners.

2013 CinemaCon Awards

Actress Elizabeth Banks accepts the Award of Excellence in Acting during the 2013 CinemaCon Awards at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Launch slideshow »

2013 CinemaCon Awards at Caesars

The hallowed hallways of Caesars Palace looked like a Hollywood back lot when 2013 CinemaCon held its four-day convention there. Directors, producers superstars, actors and actresses were more plentiful than a casting agent’s iPhone contact list.

Owen Wilson dined at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars, while film partner and fellow award winner for Best Comedy Duo Vince Vaughan was at nearby Nobu Caesars Palace. Sandra Bullock, Billy Bush (“Access Hollywood”) and Ben Stiller were at nearby separate tables.

Ben, who debuted his new movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” also dined at chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars. Nobu’s official grand opening of his first hotel is this Sunday, with business partner Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa in attendance.

Diners at the expansive Bacchanal Buffet did a double take as “God” pondered selections from the amazing 500-item menu. Morgan Freeman (God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty”) was presented with the Cinema Icon Award. Harrison Ford popped in for coffee at Francois Payard Patisserie.

“Identity Theft” actress Melissa McCarthy, CinemaCon’s Female Actress of the Year, was around the corner at Rao’s for Italian favorites. Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm and the vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was presented with the Pioneer of the Year Award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation by actress Sally Field.

More than $700,000 was raised for the foundation from the gala. Contributing videographer Richard Corey was on duty at the red carpet.

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